Irvington Community School Announces New School Leaders

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David Nidiffer, CFO of Irvington Community School, was named Chief Executive Officer and Alexander (Al) Holok, former Principal of Bishop Chatard High School, was named Chief Academic Officer at the March 1 meeting of the Irvington Community School Board of Directors. Irvington Community School, a public charter school serving nearly 900 students in grades K-12, is one of Indiana’s first charter schools that opened in 2002. Irvington Community School encompasses the Irvington Community Elementary School (grades K-5), Irvington Community Middle School (grades 6-8), and Irvington Preparatory Academy (grades 9-12).

David Nidiffer, CFO of Irvington Community School, was named Chief Executive Officer and Alexander (Al) Holok, former Principal of Bishop Chatard High School, was named Chief Academic Officer at the March 1 meeting of the Irvington Community School Board of Directors. Irvington Community School, a public charter school serving nearly 900 students in grades K-12, is one of Indiana’s first charter schools that opened in 2002. Irvington Community School encompasses the Irvington Community Elementary School (grades K-5), Irvington Community Middle School (grades 6-8), and Irvington Preparatory Academy (grades 9-12).

“Over 100 highly qualified individuals applied to serve as leader of our schools. Applicants expressed a strong desire to associate with our school which has a strong record of academic growth and achievement, an innovative environment where teachers are challenged and free to teach to the best of their ability, and a sense of community that embraces parents, students, teachers and staff in a partnership focused solely on the success of our students,” said Irvington chairman of the board Leslie Hiner.

Nidiffer will lead the financial and executive duties of the school, having previously served as Irvington’s Chief Financial Officer for over 4 years and most recently as Acting CEO. Nidiffer was a founding Irvington Community School board member and served as treasurer from 2002 to 2006. Nidiffer has more than 14 years of prior managerial, marketing, financial, and accounting experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Eli Lilly and Company. A 25 year Irvington resident, Nidiffer’s community involvement includes serving on the Irvington Community Council as treasurer and chairing the Irvington Halloween Festival Committee. David and his wife Dene have a fifth-grader at Irvington Community Elementary School.

Holok will lead the academic and curricular program of the school, having previously served as principal of Dennis Middle School (Richmond, IN), South Wayne Junior High (Wayne Township) and Bishop Chatard High School. While at Bishop Chatard Holok became involved with the Center for Teacher Effectiveness where he specialized in mentoring teachers on enhancing the quality of instructional time. Holok taught and coached in public and parochial schools for twelve years before entering Indiana State University and Ball State University to complete requirements for his administrative certification and Ed.S degree. Al Holok and his wife Patricia are blessed with five grown children and twelve grandchildren.

Irvington Community School Inc. (ICS) is an Indianapolis Mayor’s Office-sponsored public charter school located in Irvington, Ind. ICS was founded in 2002 as a K-5 school and has since expanded to three campuses: Irvington Community Elementary School (K-5), Irvington Community Middle School (6-8), and Irvington Preparatory Academy (9-12). The schools maintain a rigorous liberal arts, math, and science curriculum, preparing children for success at the college of their choice and as contributing members of society. All students participate in art, music, foreign language, and physical education classes. IPA celebrated its first senior graduating class in June 2010.

Additional information about ICS Inc. can be found at: http://www.ics-charter.org or http://www.irvingtonprep.org.

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